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Building Capacity for Research and Action Award

Grants to Michigan IHEs Partnering With Organizations in
Eligible Communities for Studies Relating to Local Healthcare

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Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) and Community-Based Organization Partners (CBOP)

Deadline Date:

02/21/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to Michigan IHEs partnering with organizations in eligible communities for studies relating to healthcare. Funding is intended to support innovative projects that engage local communities and collaborative efforts, with preference given to information sharing and communication, special populations, social-behavioral mental health interventions, and more. The program aims to build the capacity to conduct research that addresses community health priorities in the City of Flint.

The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) has partnered with Community-Based Organization Partners (CBOP) to establish a funding opportunity to address health issues in Flint. This award will fund community-engaged research partnerships and projects addressing community health priorities in the City of Flint. It is important to note the vitality of the partnership is as important as the quality of the research. The aim is to enhance and build the capacity of community-academic teams to conduct research, utilizing principles of community-engaged research (e.g. shared power, mutual respect), community-based participatory research (e.g. equitable involvement in all phases) and multi-disciplinary approaches utilizing diverse forms of collaboration. 

Applicants should consider addressing one or more of the community-identified health need(s) listed below. The priorities are intentionally broad to allow teams to develop innovative ideas and research projects. Additional community priorities (not listed) may be addressed in proposals. Applicants may also focus on more than one priority.

  1. Communications, information sharing, and transparency
  2. Trust, mistrust and institutional relationships
  3. Social-behavioral mental health interventions (i.e., anxiety, depression, substance abuse, paranoia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, etc.)
  4. Special populations (especially youth and older adults)
  5. Long-term health outcomes (i.e., substance use, maternal and child health, food insecurity, healthy lifestyles, healthcare access, etc.)
  6. Capacity-building of faith and community-based systems for public health
  7. Facilitating a community-wide research agenda

Goals: The goal is to strengthen the capacity of the Flint community to engage in, and benefit from the translational research enterprise.

Expected Outcomes: This funding opportunity works toward 1) supporting projects that will lead to an increased number of sustainable and equitable community-academic partnerships and 2) addressing community health priorities. For larger awards, measurements of the impact on health is also expected. 

Applicants may request funding for partnership development activities (e.g. building relationships, exploring areas of shared interest) or for conducting small-scale research projects. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188049

Number of Grants:

Number of Possible Awardees: 8

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applications may request up to:

1) $5,000 for partnership development activities, or
2) $10,000 for research projects.

Term of Contract:

The funding period for both types of applications is one year. All funds must be spent by the end of the one-year funding period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Each application must have at least two partners: An academic partner who is affiliated with a college, school, or university and a community partner who is affiliated with a non-academic community organization or group (e.g. non-profit, a neighborhood coalition, etc.). Either partner can serve as the project lead. Applicants may propose a shared leadership model (co-leads).

Academic partners do not need to be affiliated with the University of Michigan.

Community partners must be affiliated with organizations or groups located within the City of Flint.

Community partners who do not have an organizational affiliation may serve as collaborators, consultants, mentors, advisors, and other roles in conducting the project.

Beyond members of the project team, partnerships should engage community residents and members of the public who have first-hand knowledge and experience that will be valuable to better understand the health issue or priority area.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A technical assistance webinar will be held on Monday, January 13 at 11:00 a.m, to answer questions about the BCRA. Applicants can tune in from your computer ( or by phone at (888)240-2560 (mtg ID: 693751220).

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in March.

There are two types of applications - for partnership development activities and for research projects.

Applicants interested in receiving specific guidance with their applications are encouraged to request a consultation.

Awardees will be required to attend an orientation meeting to discuss funding expectations, project plans, and
support services available to partners and teams.

About the Flint funding opportunity:

Technical Assistance Webinar:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For more details and to access the online application portal:

For technical support, please contact Laura Hessler ( or 615-6575).

For questions, please contact MICHR’s Flint Connector Athena McKay at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: City of Flint

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